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Former Celtic player Bertie Auld has said that manager Neil Lennon should resist any advances from Premier league outfit Everton for the vacant managerial job. Everton manager David Moyes will be taking over at Manchester United from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer. This would leave a vacant job at Goodison Park for the first time in 11 years. Several high profile names have been linked with the job including Celtic manager Neil Lennon, but Auld reckons that Lennon should spend at least a couple of years more at Celtic Park because he has not completed the formative years of his managerial career.
Celtic will be taking on Hibs in the Scottish cup final after the end of the Premier league season. Celtic have already won the Scottish Premier league and winning the Scottish cup will be special for Lennon because it would have helped him achieve a rare double. Due to his exploits with Celtic over the years, Lennon has been strongly linked with a move to Everton along with the likes of Michael Laudrup and Malky Mackay. The 41-year-old, though, has not come out with a statement denying the rumours, which has increased speculation that he may leave the club at the end of the season.
“Neil Lennon is just a young boy and has a lot to learn. I think he has done a good job. He has done extremely well since taking charge. But I have to say I am disappointed that we have dropped 35 points in the league this season. Celtic have got a squad of players which should have run away with the league but didn’t really. We are 13 points clear at the top with one game left, but it was disappointing to see us lose to the teams that we did,” said Auld.
The Celtic manager Neil Lennon has criticised the players after the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Kilmarnock during the weekend. Celtic are coming into the match on the back of the huge moral boosting defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League. Even though it was a defeat, the 2-1 scoreline did not tell the whole story of the match. Celtic were extremely good against Barcelona throughout the match, but they were beaten by extremely soft goals from the Spanish club. They were coming into the match on the back of the 3-2 away victory over Spartak Moscow – their first in the competition.
Even after the defeat, Celtic have four points from the opening three matches and stand the chance of qualifying for the last 16 stage if the results go according to plan in the last three matches. However, they did not concentrate well during the weekend against Kilmarnock and were the beaten 2-0. The Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that this result is a reality check for the team and that they should not take their opponents lightly. Lennon said that he was not satisfied with the amount of chances the team created against Kilmarnock.
“We’ve been brought back down to earth with a big bump. Second half, we created some decent chances, but not enough, and we’ve come away with a massive dose of reality. But I take responsibility. I picked the team, so the buck stops with me. We tried to freshen it up, but we were poor. There was no fluidity in our play, there was no aggression in our play, we were very passive,” said the manager after the match. The club will be playing against St Johnstone in the league cup in the midweek action, and will be hoping to bounce back from this defeat.
The Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that it certainly will not be an easy task for the Scottish club to get past the group stages of the Champions League. Celtic have been drawn in the same group containing the likes of Spartak Moscow and Barcelona, while the Portuguese club Benfica also will play against Neil Lennon’s men. Obviously, one of the biggest challenge for Celtic in this group stage will be facing Barcelona twice. However, the manager Neil Lennon has said that the clubs like Benfica and Spartak Moscow should also be not discounted.
It has been four seasons since Celtic last made it into the group stages of the Champions League. This appearance in the group stages will earn Celtic around £ 30 million, which will be going a long way into addressing the debt issues. There has been a talk that Benfica will be weakened a lot following the sale of two important players in the last few days of the transfer window. They recently sold the midfielder Axel Witsel to the Russian club Zenit St Petersburg for around £ 32 million, while the defensive midfielder Javi Garcia was sold to Manchester city for £ 16 million.
“They sold two players in the window, Garcia went to Man City, and the other player went for a lot of money as well. They still have a very strong squad, though. They may be weakened by those sales but they are still a formidable opponent. We are going to take one step at a time so our focus will be Benfica. We had them watched at the weekend because they are our first opponents and they won 3-0 against Nacional at home,” said Neil Lennon ahead of the start of the group stages. Lennon has said that he hopes his players don’t get injured on international duty.
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The Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that his side has been hit by a number of injury problems ahead of the Scottish Premier league match with Inverness. Neil Lennon and Celtic will be focusing back on the Scottish Premier league after the hugely successful 2-0 win over Swedish club Helsingborg in the Champions League. This success has almost put the club back into the group stages of the Champions League, which is worth far more in revenue than what the club makes in the Scottish Premier league throughout the season. Neil Lennon will be facing a number of injury problems ahead of the match with Inverness.
As a result, he has said that he will be making last minute changes to the squad that will be facing the eighth placed team in the division. Joe Ledley, Beram Kayal, and Thomas Rogne are some of the major injury worries for Neil Lennon ahead of the match. Even though most of the squad is not suffering from long-term injuries, the niggling injuries that appear throughout the season will be responsible for keeping out a number of the regular players in the match against Inverness. Celtic are currently in the fifth position after having drawn their opening match of the season.
“We had 11 players out going into the Ross County game and I need to see how many we’ll have this time. We’re hoping Mo and Paddy will come into the squad. There is still a doubt about Daryl Murphy and Stokesy (Anthony Stokes). Filip Twardzik could come into the squad as well. Joe Ledley has had a scan on his groin and he is a doubt, and Beram and Thomas are doubts with ankle problems,” said Neil Lennon ahead of the match with Inverness after which the club will face Helsingborg in the second leg.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that he is extremely pleased with the way his club managed to grind out a result against St Mirren in the latest round of the Scottish Premier league fixtures.
Celtic had the ability to stay top of the Scottish Premier league table with a win over St Mirren. The 2-0 win might sound flattering on Celtic, but it was a hard-fought victory for Neil Lennon and his men. After the match, the Celtic manager said that it is these kind of victories that will ultimately win you the title. As a result of this win, Celtic currently maintain their four-point advantage over Rangers.
The win for Celtic was even better because of the fact that Rangers could only draw against Aberdeen in their future. As a result, the four-point advantage over Rangers will provide Celtic with a substantial cushion as they head into the European round of fixtures for both clubs. Rangers have been having a stranglehold on the Scottish Premier league title in recent seasons, but this weekend would have provided Celtic with enough confidence that they can finally bring back the title from Ibrox this season. Ultimately, it was the strength in depth that helped Celtic win the match against St Mirren, as opposed to the draw Rangers suffered at the hands of Aberdeen.
“I think the players have a lot of pride in this run and want to maintain it for as long as they can. They showed great character. You aren’t always going to play scintillating football, there are times when you have to show character and resolve and they did that,” Celtic boss Neil Lennon said after the match. Both teams have played 24 games each, while Celtic have a slightly better goal difference than Rangers.
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